Garagiste Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir 2017

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  • South Melbourne
  • Sydney
Predominantly from Garagiste's Balnarring, Tuerong and Merricks vineyards, with a small proportion of Red Hill fruit. The grapes were sorted then destemmed-a small percentage of the Merricks portion was fermented with a 100% whole bunches-and fermented in small open fermenters using indigenous yeast, minimal hand plunging and spending 25 days on skins. The wine was aged for ten months in 10% new hogsheads with the balance being raised in older hogsheads. Unfined and unfiltered.  "Le Stagiaire Pinot Noir represents the Mornington Peninsula in all its glory. Garagiste never dumbs any of its wines down. Le Stagiaire has a friendly pricetag but it's a seriously dry, savoury style. It's tighter than a drum too. Cloves, twigs, graphite and sulphur usher black cherry and strawberry onto the palate. It's a smoky, savoury, grown-up pinot noir. It makes you feel good about getting old. Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front